‘You’ll be famous now!’ New footage shows giggling Reese Witherspoon tell policeman arresting her that he will become a star
From the woman who famously declared ‘Do you know my name, sir?’ now comes Reese’s latest mortifying statement, ‘You’ll be famous now!’
In a newly released video, a drunken Reese can be heard giggling as her husband Jim Tooth tries unsuccessfully to pass a field sobriety test and even more unsuccessfully to apologise on her behalf.
In the footage from the police car’s dashboard camera Jim can be seen struggling to sound sober, and control his wife, while he chats with a Georgia State Patrol officer on the night of April 19 when he was pulled over for driving under the influence.
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But just like in life, Reese is the star of the show and quickly steals the limelight by mouthing off at both the arresting officer and his partner – obnoxiously the Water For Elephants actress declares she will make the officer a star.
The clip starts out with the Hollywood agent standing with his hands behind his back while Reese sits in the car, having already been placed into custody.
The Sweet Home Alabama star is heard chatting away with a second officer, expressing her shock over the whole incident.
Not her best angle: Mugshots of Reese and her Jim were both released on Sunday after the pair were arrested on Friday night
‘Wow he just arrested me, he arrested me,’ she’s heard giggling, repeating the phrase several times.
‘You’ll be famous now for arresting me,’ she affirms.
Obviously embarrassed and realising his wife is making a bad situation worse, Jim tries to rationalise with the officer.
‘I’ll do whatever you want me to do, but here’s the other thing I’d say – my wife does get harassed quite a bit,’ he explains, trying to soften the blow of his wife’s behaviour.
Jim tries to have a ‘man to man’ with the officer on his wife’s behalf that she has had a few drinks, but the stress of her work was taking a toll on her.
The officer fights back, saying that he didn’t do any such thing and that he ‘doesn’t negotiate’ – if that’s what Jim is trying to do.
Of course it was Jim who was in the most trouble and when asked to walk the line as part of the sobriety test he also has tries to explain why he too is not able to follow the letter of the law – explaining he has injured his foot – the Hollywood agent was pictured in a cast last August.
‘I have got to be honest with you, I’m not lying to you, I have an injury on my left foot. I’m sorry, that’s why I am going to be shaky,’ Jim said, asking to move over to the more stable sidewalk.
‘I have been injured for a while and I am in rehab on it.’
The officer steps away to adjust the dashboard camera, showing Jim grabbing on the nearby building as he attempts to balance on the more sturdy concrete.
After Jim fails and now husband and wife are in the police car, the policeman explains he had no idea who Reese was at first.
The policeman can be heard saying: ‘I recognised her face but her hair is what threw me off and then she said her name and I was like, “Ain’t no way.”‘
Jim once again tries to show he is siding with the officer rationalising that the pair are ‘not entitled’ and not looking to ‘push back against justice.’
‘I get that you have to do your job and just know that she’s a good lady, she just often times gets… there’s a flip side to everyone,’ Jim says.
‘It’s not disrespect or anything, I was just trying to calm her down,’ he states, making an apology for his chatty behaviour.
‘I was hoping we could work that out because that unfortunately now is going to become a national news story.’
Play-by-play: It goes on to explain Reese’s play-by-play reaction to her husband’s arrest